2018 has been a productive year for the NRPA Research Team, with new reports and resources that help park and recreation professionals be more productive and give them the ability “Make the Case” for greater and more steady funding. This session will review the key findings of this year’s reports; including, those from Park Metrics, the Economic Impact of Local Parks and Americans’ Engagement with Parks. The presenters also will highlight some best practices on how to use these resources at your agency.
Kevin Roth, PhD
Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology, National Recreation and Park Association
Kevin A. Roth is NRPA's Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. Kevin also guides the development of innovative in-person and online educational offerings for professionals that advance parks and recreation in their communities. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association.
Kevin has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Senior Research Manager, National Recreation and Park Association
Melissa came to the NRPA research team in 2015 with a background in environmental planning, GIS, and flood plain analysis. At NRPA, Melissa helps with producing surveys and reports, as well as, creating interactive graphics that accompany all studies and poll results, including the annual Field Report, NRPA Park Pulse, and the Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey.
Senior Evaluation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association
Kevin is in charge of measuring the quality and impact of NRPA’s programs aiming to strengthen conservation, community health, and social equity nationwide.
With 10 years of experience evaluating nonprofit programs in the D.C. area, Kevin is a member of the American Evaluation Association, holds a Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Syracuse University. Prior to working at NRPA, Kevin led evaluation for the Partnership for Public Service. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia and worked on the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort in and around New Orleans.
Research Analyst, National Recreation and Park Association
Daniel Espada is a Research Analyst with the National Recreation and Park Association. He received his Master's degree in GIS from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has been with NRPA since 2012 working with the research team on various projects including enhancements to the PRORAGIS system. PRORAGIS is an online database designed to assist park and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of their resources and facilities. Mr. Espada's technical experience extends from performing spatial analysis, managing geodatabases, and maintaining and editing geospatial data. His research interests include demographic, transportation, and sustainability mapping